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Roses in the Rot

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‘Comfort in numbers’ is an old adage. As long as a market has huge numbers, it is very difficult to go wrong.

Take India for instance – a country of 1.2 billion people; the beauty with such a large population is that for the right product, the market can be huge. And even if the product is not so right, the market can simply be big. Popularity is not really a requirement for success as even the right niche can be a bigger market than the entire Scandinavia.

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The End of Advantage

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Honda Mobilio’s competitive pricing is Maruti-Suzuki’s worst nightmare come true. Till now the Ertiga was ahead in a field of one, happily notching up 5000+ units every month in sales. Now the party has been spoilt forever.

Do you know what the 6E Principles of Managing Quality Attributes are? We have cooked them up just now so bear with us on this one: Read More

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Sip Cautiously – June Vehicle Sales Report

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For the Automotive industry, June is a month that everyone hopes would pass by quickly. Most of India is reeling under a severe summer wave in June and prospective car buyers take-off for cooler climes. This leaves car dealers high and dry and desperate to even get decent walk-in volumes.

For most of the industry, June is an off-season and many carmakers schedule their annual plant maintenance shutdown during the month. Meanwhile, sales executives make a lot of PowerPoint presentations and drink copious amounts of coffee, without doing anything meaningful.

So imagine the irony that Indian passenger vehicle sales choose this very month to stage a bounce-back.

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Blinded by Brightness

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Last week we analysed how some carmakers are throttling back on their India plans, cutting down their expectations of (and from) the market, and generally behaving with sanity cautiousness.

This week we look at how wrong they are in their assumptions about India and by cutting down on their aspirations, they are set to lose the biggest opportunity in the Indian car market.

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Early Sales Reckoner – June 2014

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June sales dispatch numbers are off to an explosive start with Maruti-Suzuki reporting a 31.1% increase in dispatches.

Update 1 at 3 40 pm, 1st July 2014: Added Mahindra, Nissan, GM India, Hyundai and Honda numbers

Even more encouraging, the Mini segment has regained its mojo with a 52% increase in dispatches.

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Disillusioned…

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Dreams are strange. One can dream, plan for the dream, live the dream, or live for the dream for many years. And yet, it just needs a small jolt to wake up someone from a dream.

The present slowdown and the experiences of the last three years have been wake up calls for many OEMs. Many of them have castrated fine-tuned their India plans and aspirations, deciding to take their foot off the pedal.

Some of them have done so when the opposite was needed.

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What the Industry wants?

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Findings from our survey of Indian automotive industry stakeholders to gauge the industry’s expectations from the new government

Over the last few weeks we have been running a survey on IndiaAutoReport seeking the opinion of Indian automotive industry participants / stakeholders. We asked respondents their opinion on what the new government should do to revitalise the automotive industry. Read More

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Too early to celebrate? Monthly Sales Analysis May 2014

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On the face of it, a 2.76% increase in passenger vehicle dispatches is hardly anything to celebrate. However, coming, as it does, after a continuous decline of eight months and a downtrend that started in December 2012. Any improvement in sales is welcome.

The improvement in sales is also being looked at with greater optimism as it comes right after the elections, which saw a government come in with a decisive mandate, a first after thirty years. A decisive mandate means that the government would be able to do the right thing without facing much opposition or hurdles. Read More